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The government is now considering changing “GB” to “UK”, and every motorist must display the new initials on their vehicle before driving abroad – this will come into effect on September 28

Government changes UK license plate rules for anyone traveling abroad in their car

The GB sticker is set to disappear from UK license plates as new driving rules abroad come into force.

Currently, Brits must affix a “GB” sticker to their car before traveling to another country – unless they have a license plate that also bears these initials under the Union Jack.

The government is now considering replacing “GB” with “UK”, and every motorist must display the new initials on their vehicle before entering another country.

This will come into force on September 28 StokeSentinel reports.

The rule change comes months after the government announced there would be a new UK license plate.

New rules remove stars from the EU and replace them with a Union Jack

On January 31 – the first anniversary of Brexit – Grant Shapps unveiled the new design.

It had the letters “GB” on it under a Union Jack flag.

Mr Shapps tweeted: “Brits will be able to drive on the continent without GB stickers thanks to the new license plate with Union Flag and GB.”

Before leaving the EU, UK license plates had the initials “GB” under a circle of yellow EU stars.

Motorists must now also display the initials “GB”


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Welsh and Scottish drivers could still travel abroad with license plates bearing the Welsh or Scottish flag, but only if they had a GB sticker on them.

This new rule means that the GB sticker will no longer be valid.

From now on, every motorist will have to either buy a new number plate with the letter “UK”, or make sure to have a sticker with the same letters.

This means that drivers who already ordered Mr Shapps’ new design earlier this year must now purchase a UK sticker to affix next to it.

On or after September 28, 2021

You will need to clearly display a UK sticker on the back of your vehicle if your license plate has any of the following:

• a GB identifier with the Union flag (also called Union Jack)

• a Euro symbol

• a national flag of England, Scotland or Wales

• letters and numbers only – no flag or identifier

If your license plate includes the UK identifier with the Union flag (also known as the Union Jack), you do not need a UK sticker

If you are in Spain, Cyprus or Malta, you must display a UK sticker regardless of what is on your license plate.

If you have a GB sticker, cover it or remove it.

Some license plate suppliers have raised concerns, with one telling the AA that updating the plates could take four to six months, with the risk of losing orders.

The change to include a Union Jack on license plates was made earlier this year, and government sources told The Times the change “includes Northern Ireland” and “will promote the whole. from the United Kingdom abroad “.

If Britons do not display the letters UK somewhere on their vehicle abroad after the end of September, they will be fined to a varying degree which will depend on the law of the country they are in.

The government website does not yet include information on new UK license plates or stickers.

However, he reminds the British of what they must do now if they are traveling abroad with a vehicle.

You can consult the government guidelines here.